Furnishings Focus Blog

Find everything you need to know about furniture testing right here. UL is closely connected with the furniture industry and latest developments with test standards and requirements.


BIFMA Announces Revised X5.5-2021, Desk and Table Products Standard

UL informs the commercial furniture industry that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has recently approved revisions for the safety and performance standard: ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2021, Desk and Table Products. The Scope of ANSI/BIFMA X5. [...]

U.S. Congress Mandates Federal Compliance of California Flammability Standard for Upholstered Furniture

California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 adopted as federal flammability standard for upholstered furniture to take effect in June 2021. On Dec.21, 2020, Congress passed The Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA), written within Congress recently passed a law mandating nationwide compliance with California’s flammability standard for upholstered furniture. [...]

BIFMA Announces Updated ANSI Occasional-Use Seating Standard

UL can help furniture manufacturers testing according to the recent ANSI approved safety and performance standard, ANSI/BIFMA X6.4-2021, Occasional-Use Seating. On Jan. [...]

UL GREENGUARD Gold Helps Precision Textiles with Low VOCs of Their Mattress Sock

Precision Textiles was intent on delivering a mattress sock using fibers that were low-emitting. For this reason, IQFit Natural mattress sock is now UL GREENGUARD Gold Certified, demonstrating that the product supports healthier indoor environments. The challenge Manufacturers in the mattress industry suggest that their products are safer and healthier. [...]

2020 Furniture Industry Summit

UL’s 2020 Furniture Industry Summit gathered industry experts and keynote speakers who shared and discussed the latest updates on international standards and regulations, current issues, and market trends for the office furniture industry. The 2020 Furniture Industry Summit contents are now available for download. Access the content. [...]

Furnishings Focus Newsletter 2020 Issue 3

Furnishings Focus Newsletter 2020 Issue 3 Welcome to Furnishings Focus! This last issue for 2020 includes a selection of useful resources and insightful content. Thank you for your ongoing interest in our newsletter. See you with more and exciting insights in 2021. [...]

UL Provides Testing to Support Furniture Manufacturers’ Value Engineering Processes

Optimize value engineering processes through UL’s testing. What is value engineering and what does that mean to furniture manufacturers? UL’s global network of laboratories provides a variety of performance testing to support the manufacturer’s value engineering processes. Value engineering focuses on evaluating products to verify acceptable performance at the minimum possible cost. [...]

ISO 24496 Chair Measurement Device and Training

Achieve precise and efficient measurement of office chairs to meet international standard ISO 24496. Since 2013, stakeholders and industry experts have worked to develop a harmonized Chair Measurement Device (CMD) that can be used to measure ergonomic performance of office chairs. The result of this effort is ISO 24496, Office furniture — Office chairs — Methods for the determination of dimensions, a standard designed to measure and understand office chair performance in a variety of usage scenarios and, for the first time, address US and European standards. [...]

Modernizing Individual Commercial Office Furnishings Safety Requirements

Office furnishings have undergone many innovations. UL has helped develop new requirements to keep up with this wave of innovation the result of which is a single streamlined standard with modernized requirements, UL 2999. UL has helped developing standards that have been the industry benchmark for office furnishings for more than 40 years. [...]

Proactive Planning Simplifies the Furniture Certification

Planning early for product certification allows you to make decisions on design considerations and helps speed the time required to start the process. As you develop a new piece of furniture or furniture concept, thinking early about product certification allows you to decide on design considerations and make your testing and certification process easier. Early in the process, you may choose to outline a set of requirements that includes the regulatory requirements applicable to your product once developed. [...]